Sammamish Center
(425) 392-2110

Placement Testing at CWU-Sammamish

In order to register for a particular class, students must meet the eligibility requirements as stated in the CWU Course Catalog. Requirements usually vary between classes, but common requirements are either successfully passing previous course work and/or placement testing/Directed Self-Placement. Please view the CWU Course Catalog for a full listing of appropriate placement tests and scores.

For Math placement we offer two options: Accuplacer placement testing or ALEKS assessment. For English placement: The Directed Self-Placement Tool.

For scheduling an in person Accuplacer placement test at the CWU-Sammamish center, please contact or call 425-392-2110. ALEKS test can be taken fully online.

Please make sure to pay online before your Accuplacer test time and bring your receipt as proof of payment. The cost for Accuplacer is $25 per test. More information on Accuplacer/Collegeboard website.

Testing Expectations

  • All testers will be asked to provide a valid ID before testing.
  • All cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off and stored in a designated area.
  • No additional material is allowed in the testing area.
  • Eating and drinking is prohibited in the testing area.

Select Your Placement Test

Placement testing at CWU allows you to assess your knowledge level to determine the classes that you should take once you are a student. Select the placement test below to access more information, including what the test is, how to pay for a test, and how to take a test.

  • Accuplacer Math

    Although CWU Testing Services does offer the Math Accuplacer Next Generation, the preferred CWU math placement test is ALEKS. Both are accepted. The Accuplacer Math placement test consists of three different math tests:

    • Arithmetic
    • Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS)
    • Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF)

    The test is adaptive starting with QAS. If a student answers enough questions correctly, the student will then move in to the AAF test. If the student answers too many questions in QAS incorrectly, they will move in to the Arithmetic test. Results should be available immediately following the test. Students may take the test up to three times. We recommend studying for the test.

    Accuplacer Study App

    Accuplacer Payment


    The Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) test is an adaptive test that assesses students' preparedness for college-level math. ALEKS is the preferred math placement test for CWU for placement into courses that have a math requirement.

    At the end of ALEKS placement assessment, you will have a much better sense of your strengths and weaknesses in math. You then have a chance to work on those weaknesses. There is really no penalty for incorrectly answering a question on the assessment. The most important thing is that you take the assessment seriously and give it an honest effort so that the assessment truly reflects your level of knowledge and math preparedness.

    Be honest about your skill level. There is no benefit to cheating on the placement assessment - your only reward will be that you are placed into a math class for which you do not yet have the skills to succeed. Therefore, while you are taking the assessment, do not consult any other source for help. The purpose of the placement assessment is to give an accurate measure of your current mathematical skills so that you will be successful in your mathematics courses.

    We encourage all students to take the ALEKS test at home. Payment for ALEKS is handled through your MyCWU portal when registering for the test. The cost for ALEKS is $35.

    Instructions for ALEKS

  • The Directed Self-Placement for English

    To select a first-year Academic Writing I course (AWI) at CWU, you will determine if you need to take two quarters of AWI in the Stretch Program or one quarter of AWI. CWU uses a Directed Self-Placement (DSP) tool to help students select an AWI course that best fits their needs. The survey takes about 30 minutes. The DSP is made up of three parts:

    1. Overview and summary of self directed self-placement
    2. The survey and placement tool
    3. A course recommendation

    The Directed Self-Placement